Ever felt “off balance” or dizzy with a new pair of glasses? Even when the only thing you changed was the frame (same prescription?). You’re not alone. Same thing happened to me. I have only recently started to wear glasses for computer/reading and I had a really hard time adapting to new pair of glasses, even though the prescription was the EXACT same as my old one. So, here’s a few things I was doing wrong, that you might be doing too.
1️⃣ Stop switching back and forth between your new pair and old pair of glasses. That “off balance period is a NORMAL experience, referred to as the adaptation period. Nearly all first-time glasses wearers experience initial dizziness and a sort of “off-balance” feeling. This is the time when the brain needs a chance to get adjusted to what the eyes are now seeing in crystal clarity. This is very common, and sometimes it takes a few minutes, a few days, or even a few weeks, before you can fully enjoy your new glasses. So don’t be discouraged! Take breaks when you experience dizziness, but do your best to put them back on and wear them as much as you can. Switching back and forth can actually prolong the adaption period. Practice wearing your new glasses in a safe environment
2️⃣ Keep your head movements natural. Often times, first time wearers stop moving their head as they normally would and move their eyes only. Let your eyes and head work together, turning your head towards something you want to look at rather than just moving your eyes. This will usually help to reduce headaches and dizziness.
3️⃣ Clean your lenses. Smudges on the lenses are distracting to anyone wearing glasses, but especially to a first-time wearer who is adjusting to a new prescription. Keep your lenses clean with a small drop of liquid soap and water, and wipe the lenses dry with your microfiber cleaning cloth.
4️⃣. Be patient! Even patients who have been wearing glasses for years can go through an adaptation period. Changes in prescription, slight changes in the inner curves of the lens, or even changing into a different frame style can create the need for an adaptation period.
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